There’s a huge difference between actually having nothing to show and being too modest about what you’ve been working on.
On one hand we have a slug, someone who’s uninterested in doing the work.
On the other side, someone cares so much that if it’s not up to standard, if it’s not perfect, then they refuse to show it to anyone.
The point of showing your work is to help someone on the other side of the screen, even when it’s not good enough.
Although it’s a work in progress (as many things are), you’ve got something to show, and you could help somebody else see something through a different light.
The sentence itself is rooted in self-comparison.
When we feel behind, we have to ask, “Relative to what?”
We tend to forget all the other aspects of our lives when we start looking at others to see where we “should” be.
Sarah landed her dream client as a graphic designer, but she lives with a partner who doesn’t treat her kindly.
Janice just got hired at a Fortune 500 tech company, and her twin brother got into a freak accident 2 days ago.
Daniel made a boatload of money through his work as an entrepreneur, and he has troubles falling asleep at night.
The reality we face is that we live in an edited world. All the raw footage and unfiltered emotion doesn’t make the cut to our social media (the main medium we use as the world is in lockdown).
Everyone else is trying to find their own place, and we are too.
Getting into the routine of forming groups and working with multiple minds, no matter how frightening it can be to hear the opinions of others, is one of the most beneficial things a creative can do.
The addition of one voice can be amplified through a second voice, made more diverse by a third, and so on, and so on.
It’s easy to work on a project by yourself and answer all the questions on your own behalf. There’s nobody to question you, or to tell you that more work in a different direction could bring you more insight. Inviting others to critique and observe is more real, and it’s a lot harder to do because it challenges us to manage emotion and spin it into action.
Doing things with the help of others is not a sign of inexperience or weakness, but of growth and connection.
And in this time, the growth and connection part is so much more important than allowing inexperience drag you behind.